Number of US businesses with no employees (Intuit/IFTF study)
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Paul Kedrosky pointed
out an Intuit/IFTF study on small business (PDF)
that talks about the rise of the personal business. Tim O'Reilly has
riff on this as well.
As I talk to people, I find more and more who consider themselves
free agents and, even though they have an employer, take pains to
keep themselves free of organizational entanglements. They use their
own email address for most correspondence, buy their own tools, and
see their employment more like a business to business relationship
than a traditional employer-employee relationship.
Thomas Malone, who's been on IT Conversations several
talks about this in his book The
Future of Work. It's work reading, but if you don't have the
time at least listen to